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COLLINS: Stevens’ Departure Will Benefit Penn State, Too


For everything he was for Penn State these last four years, Tommy Stevens will always be looked at in terms of what he could have been.

In terms of what he could have done.

In terms of what he always wanted to be.

On Friday, Stevens did what everyone expected he’d do. He officially announced he’d play his graduate transfer season at Mississippi State. He gets a chance to start at quarterback in a major conference, for a contender, in a system he is familiar with, for a head coach he knows so very well.

This is the way of college football now, especially if you’re a quarterback with some ability and an eye toward the NFL. Every young prospect is looking for an opportunity. Every program is looking to improve. The transfer portal — not to mention some relaxed standards from the NCAA when it comes to granting waivers on immediate playing time — has essentially created a quasi-free-agent class every offseason.

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